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Affidavit: Washington teens kidnapped great-grandmother in plot to get to Portland

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Two teens attacked an 86-year-old Washington woman, taped her hands together, stuffed something in her mouth and put a hood over her head before locking her in the trunk of her car as part of their plan to run away to Portland, according to court documents.

One of the suspects, 16-year-old Dylan Martin, is the woman's great-grandson.

Martin and 15-year-old Billy Underwood are facing charges including first-degree kidnapping, second-degree robbery, unauthorized use of a vehicle and reckless endangering.

Kidnapping is a Measure 11 offense and they will be charged as adults.

Police responded to the Walmart store in Wood Village at 1:15 a.m. Tuesday after a store employee called 911 to report a woman who said she had been kidnapped.

Officers arrived and located the victim, Hazel Abel, 86, who said the incident began when someone knocked on the door of her Kennewick, Washington home at 8 p.m. Monday.

She told police someone threw dirt in her face as she opened the door and then quickly covered her eyes and mouth with their hands, according to court documents. She was then pushed to the ground, court documents state, and ordered to be quiet.

She was eventually walked to her car parked in her attached garage, picked up and placed in the trunk, according to court documents. The woman said she was locked inside for hours as the car continued driving.

A probable cause affidavit states Martin, Underwood and Underwood's 14-year-old girlfriend planned to run away to Portland and wanted to use the car owned by Martin's great-grandmother.

The 14-year-old girl is not facing Measure 11 charges.

The affidavit states the girl told police Underwood drove the car and she checked on the victim in the trunk when they stopped in Hood River to get gasoline to make sure she was still breathing.

The woman escaped when they stopped at Walmart in Wood Village to buy toiletries, court documents state, by untying her hands and pulling a cord to unlatch the trunk.

She then got out and yelled for help.

Court documents state when the trio saw Abel talking to a Walmart worker, they ran away. An officer later spotted them near a gas station on the 2500 block of Northeast 238th Drive and recognized them from Walmart surveillance video. The three teens were all taken into custody.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Underwood told police he and Martin had discussed "letting her go three miles into a canyon because she wouldn't be able to get out," or knocking the woman unconscious and leaving her at a truck stop.

Martin told police Underwood had planned to kill the woman, put her body in the trunk and set the car on fire, the affidavit states.

Martin said a week prior to the kidnapping, he had stolen $60 from his great-grandmother and when he later returned to ask for more money, she told him she only had $2 because of the previous theft, court documents state.

Martin and Underwood were both arraigned Wednesday and are due back in court next week. 

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